Great stuff from Laura Zats! Why “Talking about diversity in books is NOT ENOUGH” and what to do.
By Laura Zats
I don’t know if you know this, but I’m super into representing, reading, and advocating for diverse books. It may be the blatant request in my representative categories, my tweets on #MSWL, or the content of the blogs or classes I teach, but it’s pretty easy to do minimal research on my professional persona, and say, “Hey, this lady looks like she wants to read about books with characters who aren’t just middle-class, Christian, cisgender white dudes.”
And you’d be right.
I’m into books about all kinds of diversity, not just the kinds you can see, because I like my books to represent the way the world really is, which is full of people DIFFERENT from you.
Diversity in books includes (but is not limited to) race, gender, religion, socio-economic class, ability, and sexuality. Clearly, there are lots of ways to be diverse with your characters…
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